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Christmas Playroom & Vintage Holiday Postcard Printable Garland

A bright, whimsical Christmas playroom with hints of retro + access to free vintage holiday postcard prints to string into garland.

I keep telling myself, “Okay, I’m going to decorate this room and then I’ll be done.” And then somehow it keeps snowballing.

I’m throwing fairy lights on everything, people! Don’t stand still too long or you’ll be next!

Things didn’t get quite as wild in the playroom as it did last year with the Christmas decorating, but I got pretty darn close.

(Side note: you might see a familiar face in this month’s Better Homes and Gardens issue from this room. Wink wink.)

If you can’t already tell, this is the wacky tacky Christmas room. It has every color of the rainbow and every sentimental preschool ornament in our history on that tree.

I don’t hold back with color or cute pom poms or glitter because my girls go crazy for it. And I am not about to go neutral/grown-up in here when that wouldn’t be an expression of our bright, happy kiddos at all.

I mostly did the same thing as last year (Gasp! Are bloggers allowed to do that?!) and just added these retro style trees and stockings. (I found them on a secondhand shopping app I’m sharing more about on Instagram today.)

And then I discovered a bunch of sweet vintage Christmas postcards in online public domain archives that I decided would make a pretty garland.

Each image is completely authentically vintage. So I cleaned them up and reformatted them to give to y’all as a free printable if you love vintage Christmas decor or have a kid’s space where you’d like to add a bit of nostalgia.

Ugh! It’s just so precious!

I printed mine off at Staples on card stock since I was out of printer ink, and it ended up being about $4.

$4 garland? I’ll take it.

You can snag the postcard set yourself by clicking here to subscribe or click this button:

If you’re already a blog subscriber, you should have already received the free downloadable printable set in your email (or just click the printable library link with the password that’s at the bottom of all of my emails).

As for the rest of the room, I put the kids’ board games under the tree again to encourage play and mimic the look of presents.

If you’re OCD about ornament placement, whatever you do, don’t look at that tree. It was lovingly decorated by my 8 year-old and looks fabulous, with soft, squishy, and/or shatterproof ornaments at the bottom of course in case those become toddler projectiles. 😉

If you want to know about any of the sources or paint colors in this playroom, you can tour the entire space here. 

Do you decorate your kids’ spaces?

I’m telling myself now that I’m stopping here and not venturing up to their bedrooms to add more, but those are famous last words. 😉

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  1. I am interested in the Twas the Night Before Christmas poster. Can you share that? I’d love to have it printed and put on my wall.

  2. Love it! I am printing these gorgeous vintage postcards. I noticed there are only 6 of them when they downloaded. It appears the one missing is the church scene. I’d love to have that if you can add it!